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January 28, 2018
A cool but smooth sailing morning, saw the significant promotion of “Prince” Adam from BM to cook’s assistant; rumour says he will be demoted back to BM after many cookies going missing. After smoko this morning an inter-denominational church service was held on deck. When we set the main t’gallant sail yesterday it was torn […]

January 27, 2018
Yesterday’s Australia day celebrations ended a little muted for the Aussie contingent when they lost to the Brits in a cricket match played at the TSSCG (Tenacious Starboard Side Cricket Ground).We (Aft Port watch) were on the First Watch (20:00 to 00:00) and after setting more sails, bracing the yards to perfection and turning the […]

January 26, 2018
We’re sitting on deck in the sunshine with a good breeze blowing this afternoon, last night’s fog on the 8pm to midnight watch seems very far away. It was a proper Sherlock Holmes job; thick, shifting banks of damp air that soak right into you. It was mesmerizing too, oddly adding to the growing sense […]

January 26, 2018
It’s Australia Day! Anzac cookies at morning smoko. No more communal singing (yet), but there may be cricket later.  Last night was Burns Night so the Scottish contingent got to sing and declaim poetry, and we all ate the Haggis, (after it had been suitably introduced by the Captain and ceremoniously sliced with his sailing-knife). […]

January 25, 2018
A clear sky last night enabled the midnight to 4am watch to gaze at the stars and contemplate the infinite.  The morning brought clear blue skies, sunshine and numerous aerobatic performances by Northern Royal Albatross and a few Petrels. Flowers were ordered to be sent to ship’s cook Ian to wish him a speedy recovery […]

January 24, 2018
Our good progress continues after days runs of 175, 201 and 189 miles and we are some 10% of the distance to Stanley. We should pass about 90 miles to the east of Chatham Islands at about midnight tonight. Yesterday’s rains have stopped and seas remain slight with confused low swells which are making the ship move […]

January 23, 2018
Hello from Aft Starboard Watch, somewhere south east of New Zealand, where on Tenacious it feels like ground-hog day. It’s Monday again because we crossed the international date line, as we sailed out of sight of land.  The next land we see should be South America! We’re currently on watch in the drizzle, very different to the […]

January 22, 2018
Today’s blog is brought to you by Forward Port Watch (aka Kate, Chris H, Chris R, Chris S, Jane, Sally, Peter, Paul & Tony). We are currently off the East Cape of New Zealand, after just over 24 hours of sailing. Having left Auckland over a week late, we have a lot of catching up […]

January 14, 2018
Those of you who are expecting by now to be eagerly watching our progress across the Southern Ocean towards Cape Horn may be mildly surprised to see that we remain firmly tied up alongside in Auckland. We spent a very busy week or so following the New Year holiday tying up some outstanding jobs above and below decks […]

December 15, 2017
The patchy grey skies to which we awoke this morning have by now cleared to a pastel blue punctuated by fat white puffs of cloud. The more extreme weather has been skirting us for the last few days, the occasional storm enveloping us only briefly on its journey further onward (a rewarding experience in itself when standing watch amidst […]

December 13, 2017
Dear Reader, our time on the Tenacious Tall Ship has been mind boggling and fantastic. Words cannot really describe our experience but I shall try my best. We are just over half way through our journey and have experienced all types of weather. From clear blue skies which have allowed some to experience their inner adventurous side and climb […]

December 12, 2017
Tuesday 12th December 2017 Yesterday afternoon we had lots of activity. We hung the Main Course to air it out then later, with many hands out on the arms, it was harbour stowed. Also a replacement Main t’gallant was hoisted up from the deck and furled into its yard. After dinner Captain Simon hosted a quiz night which […]

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